Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil National Park
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Bongil Bongil National Park
Our Aboriginal guide will share bush tucker secrets in this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) geography excursion in Bongil Bongil National Park. An easy stroll along Bonville Creek will reveal this area’s naturally occurring ‘supermarket’, ‘pharmacy’ and ‘hardware store’.
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Through fascinating riverside exploration, students are introduced to the stories and culture of the Gumbaynggirr People. They’ll learn about the deep spiritual and seasonal connections the Gumbaynggirr People have with Country.
Concepts of sustainable land management will be discussed as students come to understand Aboriginal concepts of connection and place.
Together we’ll explore how natural medicines informed the basis for traditional cultural landscape management practices we see today.
This excursion is designed to support the K-10 syllabus’ The Earth’s Environment topic.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 2 (Years 3-4)|
|Key learning area||Geography|
GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments
GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact
GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments
GE2-4. Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry
- Guided. Available on request.
- Bongil picnic area, Bongil Bongil National Park
$275 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. Maximum 2 groups.
- Meeting point
- Bongil picnic area, 15 minutes south of Coffs Harbour via Williams Road.
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-2-geography-bush-tucker-bongil-bongil-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - North Coast
- 02 6657 2309
- 02 6657 2145
- in Bongil Bongil National Park in the North Coast region
Bongil Bongil National Park is open from 7am to 8pm during daylight savings and 7am to 6pm rest of year.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil National Park.
- Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
- Explore the riverside area adjacent to Bonville Creek with your Aboriginal guide
- Examine the plants and animals that live and thrive here
- Learn how some of these plants and animals were used for food, medicine and tools
- Hear stories of how the Gumbaynggirr People valued and cared for their environment, seeing it as a source of life and nurture.
- Farewell and depart
Getting there and parking
South of Coffs Harbour:
- Take the Bonville exit from the Pacific Highway onto Pine Creek Way
- Turn into Williams Road north of Bonville
- Bongil picnic area is at the end of Williams Road
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Bongil picnic area.
What to bring
Please wear long pants, closed, comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. Remember to bring extra food and water, and any necessary medications. Please bring your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag.
Maps and downloads
Risk assessment and risk benefits
Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.
We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.
Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.
Disability access level - medium
Bongil picnic area has a medium accessibility grading and some assistance may be required to access the area.